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Slides of a presentation given as part of an AATF session at ACTFL 2010 in Boston, MA. Anyone interested in more information should contact the author.

Slides of a presentation given as part of an AATF session at ACTFL 2010 in Boston, MA. Anyone interested in more information should contact the author.

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Mobile Apps for Language and Culture Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Mobile Apps for Language and Culture
    AATF@ACTFL 2010Boston, MA
  • 2. What are mobile apps?
    Programs that run on smartphones and other small-format computing platforms
    iPhone and iPod Touch (iOS)
    iPad
    Android OS (Google)
    Blackberry
    Nokia
    Windows Mobile
    Nintendo DS (particularly for Japanese)
  • 3. iPhone vs. iPod Touch
    iPhone
    GPS
    Can do Augmented Reality
    Better camera
    iPod Touch (4th generation)
    No GPS
    Limited Augmented Reality
    Lower-quality camera
    Built-in mic
    iPod Touch (previous generations)
    No camera
    First generation = no recording capability
  • 4. Why mobile apps?
    Immersion in ‘everyday’ culture
    Different perspectives on news
    Use of language outside the classroom
    Content for specific interests
    Sports
    Health
    Travel
    Business
    Food
    Ideal for transition from intermediate to advanced
  • 5. Where to find apps?
    https://sites.google.com/site/workshopsandpresentations/actfl-2010
  • 6. Finding French apps?
    There’s an app for that! and more than one site…
    https://sites.google.com/site/workshopsandpresentations/actfl-2010/applisenfrancais
    www.i.voixdargent.com
  • 7.
  • 8. Logistics
    The cost of apps
    Many have ‘lite’ versions that can be used in class
    App Store Volume Purchase Program
    Compare to cost of texts
    Availability in class and out of class
    Ideal: everyone in class has one
    ‘Pool’ for classroom use
    Use in pairs, with students who have sharing with students who do not
    Teacher has one that is passed around for small-group work
    Individual tasks as homework with computer-based alternatives
  • 9.
  • 10. Activities
    Comprehension and discussion
    Popular culture
    Popular language
    Media literacy
    Compare commercials
    Compare publications
    Radio France
    Compare texts and podcasts
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  • 14. Utilities
    Pense-bête
    Météo
    Soldes
    Code de la Route
    Secours
    InfoPandémie
  • 15.
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  • 19. Travel
    Transportation
    Toulouse
    Métro
    City Guides
    Restaurant Guides
    Official Warnings
    Voyageurs
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  • 25. What next?
    AATF app evaluation / activity site?
    http://sites.google.com/site/workshopsandpresentations/actfl-2010
    Information about other platforms
    Link with work on games inlanguage learning